Manual for Using the MMPI-2 as a Therapeutic Intervention

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This manual provides a step-by-step procedure, tested in controlled research and illustrated with case examples, for using the MMPI-2 as a therapeutic intervention. Finn covers all stages of the MMPI-2 assessment, from the initial interview, through the scoring and interpretation of the test, and culminating in the feedback session. The goal of this approach is to gather accurate information about clients with the MMPI-2 and then to use this information to help clients understand themselves and make positive changes in their lives.Finn's appraoch advocates the dynamic involvement of client and assessor both before and after testing. This appraoch to assessment is very timely given the demands that managed care is making for demonstration of treatment efficacy.Stephen Finn is Director of the Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Austin, Texas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816628858
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,249,663
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

The MMPI-2 as a Therapeutic Intervention 3
General Principles Underlying the Intervention 5
Step 1 The Initial Interview 6
Purpose 6
Building Rapport 7
Framing the Client's Questions 8
Collecting Background Information 13
Dealing with Clients' Reservations about Assessment 15
Hurts from Past Assessments 16
Restating the Assessment Questions 21
Encouraging the Client to Ask Questions 21
Completing the Assessment Contract 22
Introducing the MMPI-2 23
Step 2 Preparing for the Feedback Session 29
Interpreting and Organizing the Test Findings 29
Tailoring the MMPI-2 Feedback to the Client 34
Using Test Results to Facilitate Empathy 36
Getting Emotional Support before the Feedback Session 41
Step 3 The Feedback Session 44
Goals 44
The Interpersonal Quality of the Session 45
Setting the Client at Ease 45
Re-establishing the Collaborative Relationship 47
Orienting the Client to the MMPI-2 Profile 48
Answering the Client's Assessment Questions 50
Enlisting the Client in Elaborating Test Findings 52
When the Client Relects a Finding 54
The Most Common Mistake: Underreporting 58
Pause and Support the Client's Affective Reactions 59
Closing the Feedback Session 59
Post-Session Check-In 61
Special Issues Concerning Feedback Sessions 64
Excerpts from Ms. C's Feedback Session 67
Written MMPI-2 Reports for Clients 79
Concluding Remarks 83
References 85
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